Category: Bluegrass Today Profiles

Having a Coffee with …… Ron Block 

| November 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

This is fun series in which we ask bluegrass music personalities, some famous, some not so famous, about some of their interests as well as about the music that they love.   Ron Block, banjo and guitar player with Alison Krauss & Union Station since […]


Ryan Cavanaugh – a banjo anomaly

| November 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

The national popularity of bluegrass music might ebb and flow with social and artistic trends, but the quality of picking and musical ability has stayed on an impressively upward trajectory throughout the decades. Anyone who keeps up with the music knows that this is especially […]


A visit with Charles Haney

| October 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

This recollection of a visit with Charles Haney is a contribution from Becky Johnson, as are the accompanying photographs. Charles and his brother, Carlton, revolutionized the way bluegrass music is consumed in this country when they hosted the first multi-day bluegrass festival in 1965. The Haneys were […]


Young Uns #3 – The Zolla Boys

| October 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Lilly Brothers and, contemporaneously, the Gibson Brothers and the Spinney Brothers have shown that talented musicians who play and sing in the traditional mountain style with verve and intensity don’t have to come from the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia. The Zolla Boys, Ben, […]


Gospel Choices #4 – Bob Webster 

| October 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

Here’s the fourth contribution of a periodical feature, where we ask bluegrass personalities to choose their top five Gospel songs. This week we hear from Bob Webster, who has been very thoughtful in making his choices, which are …….. Wicked Path of Sin – Bill […]


The Price Sisters: Living the Tradition

| October 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

This profile of The Price Sisters is a contribution from Paul O. Jenkins, a published author and bluegrass/old time enthusiast. Identifying with Bill Monroe comes naturally to 21 year-old Lauren Price from Sardis, Ohio. “I’ve always had a reserved, even shy, disposition,” she says. “I […]


Banjoist Hank Smith set to debut super-group at IBMA

| September 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

“What if Bela’s Drive had the vocals of Chris Thile/Michael Daves?” You’ve probably never asked yourself that exact question, but I bet you’re imagining it now. Hank Smith, a progressive banjo player from the Raleigh area, has started a project that will seek to make […]


Having a Coffee with ……….Elaine Roy

| September 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

Having A Coffee With… is a fun series in which we ask bluegrass music personalities, some famous, some not so well known, about some of their interests as well as about the music that they love.  Joining me for coffee this morning is Elaine Roy, […]


Eliminating limitations that disable our abilities

| September 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

This brief profile of Tyler Williams is a contribution from Gil Evans, a published writer focusing on inspirational leadership and development, and a bluegrass bassist and chef.  Recently, I met an amazing man named Tyler Williams. Tyler is an up-and-coming entertainer in the music industry. While […]


A Day In The Life: Flatt Lonesome’s Opry Debut

| September 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

It is the ultimate achievement for anyone who plays bluegrass and country music: to play the Grand Ole Opry. The Grand Ole Opry is not only “The Show That Made Country Music Famous,” but is where bluegrass a as a genre was born in the […]